My good Garritan friends - After far too long a gap of time since the last Orchestration Challenge, I'm finally doing my duty as winner of the last round, and posting a theme for you to work on.
We're going back to the way Challenge organizer Sean Hannifin originally conceived the contest. Awhile back I asked for input on what format people would prefer for the event, and the resoundingly preferred format was the original one. Here's the way that original concept was stated and agreed upon:
1) A complete melody line of approximately 8 measures which you orchestrate and develop.
Very simple the way it works:
Below is a melody line. It's in 3/4 and in the key of C. You need to retain the time signature, but feel free to move it into any key signature you'd like.
Arrange the melody in any way you would like, choosing any genre and instrumentation you want to work with.
Limit your entry's length to 4 minutes or under. Use Garritan Libraries, but if you feel the need for an element or two not found in your Garritan collection, you can add those instruments/sounds, but they must be out-numbered by Garritan instruments.
You may want to develop a B section based on this melody. Maybe even a C. But whatever you do, part of what we'll be listening for is a distinctly recognizable rendition of the original melody.
Melodies, by their nature, tend to suggest chord progressions. You may want to start out with the chords this melody suggests, but I would also encourage you to branch out beyond the more obvious chord progression.
In case it helps you get started, I think one obvious choice for this theme is as a romantic, cinematic theme. Because of its time signature and ballad-like nature, there's a warm, old fashioned feel to it. To go ahead and make the most out of those obvious elements is a fine start. And then I would encourage you to also do something more surprising with the material.
Here's the notation, and below that is the MIDI file:
CLICK HERE FOR THE MIDI FILE
EDIT: If you'd prefer a direct link to the folder where the MIDI file is located:
DIRECT LINK TO MIDI FILE FOLDER
General guidelines for this challenge can be found at Sean's site:
Entries should be sent to Sean Hannifin at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we need to all thank him for administering the Challenge series.
We generally set a deadline 3 weeks* after the theme is posted. That would make the deadline Tuesday March 23rd.
EDIT: Let's make that a full month, so the deadline is Friday, April 2.
I hope lots of folks set aside a little time to participate - The more the merrier!